Before leaving Houston, we have two celebrations. The first was at Linnet's with our Houston Deily side of the family the Thursday before Christmas. She cooked a delicious dinner, and we opened presents! Madeleine particularly fell in love with two stuffed animals Linnet picked up in Thailand. She affectionately named the elephant "Emmalyn" and the rabbit "Honey Bunny."
On the Saturday before Christmas, we had "family Christmas" which is what we do simply among my birth family of origin (ha!) the Deilys of Cypress. This has been a tradition since I was a little girl - our family's own intimate time before heading to Dallas. We enjoyed another delicious meal by Mom, Dad read the Christmas story, and we did family stockings and gifts. The stockings were new this year - we used to do those Christmas morning, but Mom thought it would be fun to do at this gathering. The sisters surprised Mom and Dad with some stockings for them too! There were so many sweet, thoughtful and fun gifts - Julianne gave all the girls salt and pepper wands - really makes cooking that much more magical to wave a wand over your pot! Liz made a sweet little brown cat for Madeleine (which she named "Moo Hoo"), Liz got a food chemist set (nerd) and Julianne gave Cason an I an extravagant date night all planned out and of course covered childcare-wise!
We went back to Gran and Granpa's house (a few streets over) to settle in for Santa, and when we woke up on Christmas morning, Madeleine was quite excited to see that Santa brought her exactly what she asked for: "a pink scooter and a purple lollipop." Santa even managed to fill her stocking with some fun things like play dough, a Spanish book, some goldfish, a cupcake shirt and some (gasp!) big girl undies!! Cason and I got her one thing this year. A $5 baby from Walmart. We knew the grandparents and great-grandparents would spoil her :) (which they did!) so no need for Mom and Dad to go nuts. She loves baby Camille! (named for a real baby girl of our friends the Bishops')
Celebration event in November. We all contributed pictures, but my cousin Brooke did the entire layout of the book. We were all crying as they were looking at it! So sweet.
We packed up one more time after a delicious lunch made by Gran, and we headed to Denton. I forgot to mention that there was a weird winter storm that moved in overnight. It was raining really hard, and there was some intense lightning and thunder that I am more accustomed to in summer months. Anyway, it continued to pour rain all morning, and we knew a freeze was coming. It was so exciting driving to Denton. As we were in the car we watched the rain change to snow. Magical. When we arrived to Denton, we were greeted by the courthouse, just down the street from Cason's parents' home. It was especially fun because Madeleine fell asleep in the car while it was still raining, then woke up to snow at Nana and Pop's! Madeleine's Pop loved the Reveille hat she picked out for him!
You can tell the difference in the present opening breaks - the first break it was still coming down hard, hence the washed-out pictures, and the second break it had cleared up. Plenty had accumulated for a snowball fight, and per usual, Madeleine jumps right in with her big boy cousins!